Innovative Internships (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL OPTIONS)

Monday / October 04 / 9:00 AM


A moderated discussion between diverse members of the Marymount creative community (students, internship supervisors, professors) addressing the mutually beneficial value of internship experiences, particularly interdisciplinary ones. We will discuss the significance of partnerships and the mutual benefit between academia/design education and professional practice.

**This event has two ways to participate: there are limited tickets for in-person attendance as well as a larger amount of tickets for attendance via Zoom.

This event was put together in partnership with Marymount University’s School of Design and Art.


Date & Time

Monday, October 04

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Zoom & in-person at Marymount University

Marymount University: 1000 North Glebe Road; 2nd floor; Arlington, VA 22201


  • Bridget Murphy

    Professor, Graphic and Media Design

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    Bridget Murphy is a professor in the Graphic and Media Design program at Marymount University and is an established, award-winning artist and designer.

  • Jessica Bonness

    Assistant Professor, Interior Design

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    Jessica Bonness is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Marymount University, where she teaches foundational courses and studios, business procedures, and leads the internship experience for the School of Design and Art; her research is focused on equity and human-centered design processes.

  • James Sanders

    Interior Design Student & Professional

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    Interior Design student with an Associates of Arts degree pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Marymount University - Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

  • Alexandra Rivera

    Graphic Designer

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    Alexandra Rivera is a first generation college student who sparked an interest for graphic design at a young age.

  • Isabella Palomo

    Graphic and media designer

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    Isabella is a graphic and media designer who graduated from Marymount University and is currently living in Guatemala.

  • Liga Brige

    Small Business Counselor, Northern Virginia Family Service

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    Liga is a multilingual senior expert in international relations, small business and higher education with more than 15 years of professional experience in public and private sectors in Europe and the Americas.


In-Person Safety Guidance & How to Prepare

In-person attendance will be at Marymount University: 1000 North Glebe Road; 2nd floor; Arlington, VA 22201

Capacity restrictions for in-person events will be officially decided about two weeks out from DCDW and posted on the specific event pages in order to follow the latest CDC guidance.

What COVID precautions are being taken for this event?

Masks are required for visitors at all times while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 is rapidly changing: What happens if in-person events need to be cancelled?

When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.

How to prepare

In-person attendees can submit questions for the speakers via the Zoom Q&A feature.

Virtual Platform & How to Prepare

For those who do not purchase an In-Person Attendance Add-On, the event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQs.

Accessibility and Accommodations

  • The virtual streaming of this event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
  • The main entrance (1000 N. Glebe Rd) for in-person attendance is ADA accessible.
  • Take the elevator to the second floor for the event.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are available on the third floor (accessible by elevators and stairs).

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.


DC Design Week looks different this year, so you might have questions. Maybe it’s how to find the streaming link or how to get the most out of our remote events. We’ve got answers to those and more FAQs.

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